The town lies in a broad valley along the winding path of the Nooksack River, which empties into nearby Bellingham Bay. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, rasp-berry, strawberry and blueberry farms. Even though not founded by them, the region saw significant Dutch immigration in the early and mid 1900s, spurring the growth of dairies.
Lynden is approximately 5 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border. It is also located about 15 miles north of Bellingham, and about 95 miles north of Seattle. The population was 12,605 as of 2012 (city-data).
Lynden pays homage to some of its partial Dutch heritage through locations such as buildings on Front Street and commercial building codes, where some businesses have been made-over with a Dutch/European theme, complete with a windmill. Along that street, you’ll find a Dutch bakery, Dutch restaurant and numerous antiques stores.